This Week at the Farmers Market

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This Week at the Farmers Market

20th May 2023

Hi there

You already know the best place to shop in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis if you are reading this especially during Budget Week.  Buying direct from our growers & producers makes real sense (& cents) for value & quality for money as more & more of our NEW customers discover this.  Welcome and also thank you to our long-time loyal customers who keep us going week in, week out all year round.

Congrats to Julien at No.8 Distillery with another silver to add to his awards at the NZ Spirits Awards last week with his Absinthe.  And while you are up on the platform follow your nose to support the Soul Chai fundraising event ‘Pups for Cups’, to help out Dog Rescue Dunedin (but just a reminder that you can’t bring your dogs into the Market unless you have a care dog). On another note, if you happen to have spare shopping bags (not plastic bags) you want to offload, feel free to donate them to our free bag library at the Market caravan to encourage others to use in pick your own produce, etc.  We had our monthly board meeting this week and got to enjoy a few nibbles from the Market – highly recommended the sourdough crackers with seasame & Zaatar from Breads & More (very addictive!), the always delicious smoked fish pate from Catlins Kitchen, spicy smoked salami from Blue Mountain Butchery & the great cheeses from Evansdale Cheese.  Remember the Market for supplies for your next meeting! 

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think over the next month.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below.  It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors. 

For those of you who maybe isolating or homebound we have a few vendors that can deliver to your door during the weekBrightside Microgreens, Gilberts Fine Foods, Ettrick Gardens (vege boxes), Waewae Permaculture (vege boxes), Ronia & Pippi, Agreeable Nature Eggs, Blue Mountain Butchery, Tartan Sari, Dunford Grove, Evansdale Cheese, Oamaru Organics, Port Larder, Harbour Fish, Havoc Pork, Blueskin Bay Honey, Ginger Fox Foods Peanut Butter, Wild Dispensary, Judge Rock Wines, Hazelnut Estate, Matheson & Roberts, Bennies Honey, Whitestone Cheese, Waitaki Orchard, NZ Nuts, Breads & More, Dunedin Craft Distillery, Princes St Butchery & others.  You can find their details in the ORDER NOW button on our website or in the vendor profiles.

Bring CASH as some of our vendors are cash only.  And remember your containers, produce bags, berry punnets, plant pottles, jars, bottles, keep cup, etc look for the ReUse posters on vendors that accept packaging back.  Remember to try to return the correct packaging to those that you brought off if you remember (e.g. supermarket branded strawberries punnets can’t be reused by some of our vendors).  And borrow a keep cup from our cup library or coffee / chai vendors.  If you want to BORROW A PLATE or CUTLERY for ready to eats just swing by the caravan for a clean one (& return back there for cleaning later), we also have bags you can borrow for produce or shopping too if you forget. 

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask.

Shop your way around Otago this weekend…. at the Market! Thank you for supporting our vendors. 

Ngā mihi


Market Manager

Header Image: Willowbrook Orchard


This Week in the kitchen

Life is busy so I am keeping it simple this week – A bright toasty warm soup using our amazing vendors winter produce! Plus, an effortless yet utterly delicious pear tart. Enjoy! Jamie - Assistant Manager

Chicken noodle soup

Produce from Webbers Gourmet Chicken Ettrick Gardens Oamaru Organics Caithness Farm Ltd Waewae Permaculture Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics

View Recipe


Produce from Ettrick Gardens Rosedale Orchard Earnscleugh Orchard Willowbrook Orchard

View Recipe

Cups for Pups

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Join Soul Chai at the Otago Farmers Market for a fundraising event called "Cups for Pups", benefiting Dog Rescue Dunedin, a local shelter dedicated to rescuing lost doggies. Indulge in our irresistible Chai masala for just $5 a cup this Saturday. Every dollar you spend at Soul Chai will go directly to Dog Rescue Dunedin, providing shelter, medical care, and nourishment for lost doggies, helping them find their forever homes.
Spread the word and bring your friends and family to the Otago Farmers Market. Let's come together to make a difference in the lives of our four-legged friends.
Join us at the Soul Chai stall this Saturday to savour the flavours of our signature Chai masala while supporting Dog Rescue Dunedin at our "Cups for Pups" event. Together, we can create a positive impact for our furry friends in need.
Thank you for your support! Daniel


Stonehurst Gourmet - Fungi of the Week

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Fungi, while not classed as an animal they are also not plants - fungi gets its own scientific classification! 

Come and get a packet of tasty (dehydrated) wild foraged mushrooms today which will give your taste buds a flavour boost. Easy to use and great for the store cupboard - perfect for a risotto full of flavour, an easy-to-make pasta dish for a chilly winters evening or a bonus flavour depth addition to any casserole or soup!

The 'Wild Mixed Mushrooms' contains a varied mix of Field and Horse Mushrooms (Agaricus species), Porcini (Boletus edulis), Birch Bolete (Leccinum scabrum) and Slippery Jacks (Suillus species) - whereas the 'Wild Mixed Mushroom Powder' also has Giant Puffball (Calvatia gigantea) added in the mix!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF FUNGI!  People who have limited exposure of the sun due to working indoors or geographical location (e.g. Dunedin winters!) may need to supplement vitamin D in their diet. Vit D is one of those vitamins that cannot be sourced from plants - mushrooms are rich in vitamin D as well as a good sources of vitamins A, B, and C.

Most people know penicillin originates from fungi but don't always realise that most fungi have some antibiotic function - while eating mushrooms won't cure an acute infection, they do improve your resistance to infections and can strengthen your immune system. Studies have shown that there are compounds in mushrooms that can help speed up the healing of ulcers!

Further studies have shown that fungi are good for the heart - being very low in carbohydrates fungi has no cholesterol but do have a high protein content so they actually help the body to consume cholesterol. Mushrooms also help remove plaque that has accumulated on the walls of blood vessels and helps to even out the excess of LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol which results in reducing the risk of heart disease.

The idea that fungi helps reduce the risk of cancer is not just a theory - there is encouraging evidence from various studies showing fungi contains materials that improve cell protection and help to prevent cancer tumours from developing in humans. 

For those who are lacking in iron or who are anaemic may be surprised to find out that the human body will absorb almost all of the iron from mushrooms, adding fungi to your diet can help encourage red blood cells to grow and significantly lowers the risks of anaemia.

Diabetics who must monitor what they eat can at times find it challenging to make up tasty but nourishing meals that are diet compliant - mushrooms are an excellent menu choice for people with diabetes as they lack fats and cholesterol and are very low in carbohydrates. Mushrooms also contain insulin which helps disintegrate the sugar and starch in their food. 

NB: There are some specific fungi that are used for medical purposes, please refer to your health professional for more comprehensive information. Cheers, Kate


Earnscleugh Orchard Co-op

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Hi, we look forward to seeing you all at the market on Saturday. Look for our RED VAN in the PLATFORM. 


SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING - 100% paper packaging (no plastic)

All fruit PACKED ON THE DAY, so super fresh. Straight from the cool store to you. 

At the market this Saturday:

CERTIFIED ORGANIC APPLES: Braeburn Apple, Fuji Apple, Royal Gala Apple, Honey Crisp Apple, Jazz Apple, Koru Apple

SPRAY FREE: Asian Quince (almost all done), English Quince, Golden Delicious Apples, Walnuts 

PLUMS: Omega plum, Torwick plum, Angelino plum

APPLES: Nancy Fizz Apple, Granny Smith

PLUS: Nashi Yellow (Final weeks)

PEARS: Beurre Bosc, Packham, Winter Nellis, Taylor's Gold 

Plus we have Amazing HONEY: Thyme Honey, Runny Clover Honey , Comb Honey, Manuka Honey

RUNNING LATE TO THE MARKET? PRE-ORDER your fruit so you don't miss out just Text 021 455341 by Friday 10am to order any fruit. We will pack and hold for you. Please collect by noon.

Feel free to MIX the SAME PRICED fruit to get a delicious fruit selection at the market. Plus remember you can taste any of our delicious fruit before you buy it.

Thanks Rob, Sher and family


Ettrick Gardens Market Specials

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Buy direct from the grower!!! Better quality at a better price!!


Green and Red Cabbage Spray Free ‘ONLY $3.50 each’

Frost sweetened parsnips

Lots of spray free pumpkins - Grey, green & butternut varieties

Jerusalem Artichokes – spray free

Broccoli, Cauliflower, large Leeks, Daikon & Spinach - all spray free

Silverbeet & Brightlights to brighten up your meals – spray free

Beetroot - Round, Cylindra, Gold, and Candy – all spray free

Jalapeno, extra hot and cayenne chillies, and capsicums are IN SEASON now!

Celery & Parsley - spray free

Shallots, garlic, and onions

Agria & Red Fantasy - spray free and delicious 

Washed Tiny Taties – many varieties

Cavolo Nero & Kale – Spray free

Orange and coloured carrots - sweet and tasty 

APPLES – 14 varieties! Pacific Rose, Fuji, Braeburn, Eve, Granny Smith, Ballerat Cookers, Golden Delicious, Royal Gala, Pacific Beauty, Pacific Queen, Cox Orange apples, Pink Lady and Sturmer

Quince, Beurre bosc, doyenne du comice, winter nellis and taylors gold pears

Walnuts spray free and shelled

Most of our vegetables are spray free! 

Our courier service to your door is available anytime. Or “click & collect” from us at the Otago Farmers Market or our Ettrick shop. Email for our latest order form and we can add you to our weekly update.

Ettrick Gardens: On your right at the main gate, or rapid 5104 Roxburgh - Ettrick Highway, State Highway 8, Ettrick. Central Otago. 03 446 6863 or 021 151 8203. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook.


No.8 Distillery

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Our authentic French family recipe Absinthe just won silver at the NZ spirits awards last week!
One more reason to embrace the spirits of the green Fairy!


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Come and experience the culinary collaboration of four market vendors. No8 Distillery, Princes St Butcher, Ronia & Pippi Cold Pressed & Tartan Sari have joined forces to bring you an intimate, gastronomic evening full of delectable small dishes & delicious drinks. When not serving our lovely customers, you will often find market vendors yarning away with each other. Sometimes we talk about collaborating and we have finally brought our ideas into fruition!

Join us in the beautiful No.8 Distillery on Thursday 25th May 6pm. For tickets or to find out more follow the event link below. Or come chat to us on Saturday! 

Limited tickets available.  GF, DF & Vegan options available.


We want to know what YOU think!

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As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations, we want to hear what YOU think.  We hope you will let us know in our customer survey link below.  It can be anonymous, or you can enter your details to go in the draw to win $100 worth of Otago Farmers Market vouchers to spend with any of our many wonderful vendors. 

Complete our Customer Survey here: Otago Farmers Market Customer Survey 2023 (


Kiwi Harvest ‘Pay it Forward Crate’

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The crate will be near the Market caravan at the main middle gate - look for a flag on top & if you feel like donating something extra from your shopping then Kiwi Harvest will collect each Saturday lunchtime & it gets distributed out to local charities for those in need this week.


Keeping Well

Everyone welcome but PLEASE STAY AWAY IF UNWELL (vendors & customers).

Please only handle food & produce that you are going to buy.  

Please respect everyone’s space & feel free to wear your mask. 

Please sneeze into your elbow.

Wishing you well!


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No Dogs allowed in the Market apart from care dogs.

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